Selecting the Best Type of Implant for You

As we age, so do our teeth. They weaken and sometimes even fall out. We try to preserve them for as long as we can by brushing, flossing and having regular checkups. Unfortunately, there are so many things that are a threat to our oral health. Sugar, gingivitis, cavities, a soccer ball. It really could be anything.

An implant is a surgically positioned mount for replacement teeth. Some prefer it as an alternative to dentures or bridges, as in some cases, those can be uncomfortable. Dentures and bridges could rub against a sore spot, due to poor ridges, or could cause gagging.

In the event that you find yourself needing an implant to restore your oral health and beautiful smile, you want to be educated on your choices and conditions for each type.

Titanium Root

This is the most durable, as the implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and will eventually fuse to the bone and anchor them in place. An artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post. Titanium Root implants are very strong and secure, but can only be inserted if you have adequate gums and the jaw bone is strong enough to hold it.

Sub-Periosteal

If the jaw bone is too shortor too narrow to hold the implant directly, the Sub-Periosteal metal frame implant may be an option. This is fitted onto the jaw bone just below the gum tissue and as the gum heals, it affixes the frame to the jawbone. Artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

Plate

A less invasive procedure, the Plate form is long and rectangular with two prongs that are set on the jawbone, under the gums. Unfortunately, due to the lack of a strong bond, it may not last as long as some other implants. It is recommended for those who have a narrow or weak jawbone.

Ramus

This is the least invasive implant. It is also the most noticeable, as it does not blend in with your mouth. An implant is placed at the back of your mouth and a thin metal bar is placed along your gum line.  The bar is always visible.The Ramus is recommended to those who are sensitive to pain or have a weak and narrow jawbone.

Oral Healthand Implants

With a successful dental implant procedure, there are a few steps you can take to help ensure your implant lasts

  • Practice good oral health-Brush twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Visit the dentist-cleaning and exams every six months keeps your implant in good condition.
  • Avoid hard food-try not to chew on hard candies or ice as it breaks down both the crown and natural teeth.

Choosing What’s Right for You

Now that you know a little more about the types of dental implants available, make an appointment with Village Park Family Dental and Orthodontics and talk to an oral surgeon who can help you restore your smile! They’ll give you personalized attention and walk you through your options. Give them a call today. 661-290-2825

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